ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award Photo

This weekend I flew to the ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards ceremony in L.A. to see if I would win a book award.  I was a finalist in the category of Women’s Issues.  I had to wait a long time until they got to the “W’s.”  Then the large screen flashed the “honorable mention book.” Afterwards came the bronze book and the silver book.  None of them were mine.  I was giving up on winning and thinking well at least I was a finalist, and I used frequent flyer points to get here from New York so I didn’t spend a fortune.  Then the title Grade A Baby Eggs appeared as the gold medal, first place winner!  One of the presenters was looking at me to see my shocked expression.  I gave her the thumbs up sign.  I was on a lucky streak because I also won the raffle for free book advertising with ForeWord Reviews. Afterwards I celebrated with a peach Margarita by the pool.  The June selection for my book club, 50 Shades of Grey, kept me awake the whole plane ride home.










In Pompeii ancient Romans kept their babies safe by tying a bell in the shape of a penis around their neck.  This guaranteed extra protection.  Penis statues brought fertility but also warded off evil, and the noise from the bell scared away malevolent spirits. Once the baby finally arrived with the help of the fertility inducing clay penis, the Roman mother couldn’t risk losing the baby to evil forces.  Terra cotta statues of Priapus, the god of fertility, depicted with a large, erect penis also kept away robbers.  The placard in the Naples National Archaeological Museum explained that a statue of Priapus strategically placed in the garden guarded against thieves because “anyone trying to steal the garden produce risked being impaled on his out-sized member.”



A glass case in the Naples National Archaeological Museum in Naples displayed 25 terra cotta penises, 3 breasts and 4 uteri all plucked from the ashes of Pompeii.  For years they couldn’t be seen because the secret sex room housing Roman erotica was declared obscene.   More recently it was decided that modern day viewers and 14-year-olds accompanied by a parent could handle the sexual content. During Roman times, the terra cotta body parts were scattered around the home to bring fertility and they were openly viewed by everyone.